That’s a long shadow!

The night before I was going to climb a mountain by myself, my wife got a call from a friend who needed her to take her daughter to the emergency room.  I went to sleep, and two hours later, my wife flipped on the light...

Milestones…

Congratulations to the West Point Class of 2012 on receiving their class rings - a real milestone. It's fascinating to have witnessed the leadership growth of these young men and women over the past three years as they prepare for a life of service...

Mentors and Coaches – Is there a difference?

Mentor - "A wise and trusted counselor or teacher." Coach - "A person who trains an athlete." One of my most rewarding career experiences came when I was an information and technology trainer at a major pharmaceutical company.  My two bosses comprised an incredible mentoring team that...

Harder to Start than to Finish

I climbed Mount Columbia today with my son, and it was definitely a climb, and not a casual hike.  Like all 14ers, it presented unique challenges - loose rock, steep trails, and hard to find cairns marking the route.  During the climb, we talked about...

Studio 1430, KEZW – Breakfast Club with Rick Crandall

I spent some time this morning with Rick Crandall on his radio show, and felt like I was having coffee with an old friend.  It's wonderful that he's working so hard on The Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation, and so many other worthwhile charities. Also, I received...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Course Wrap-up

We had a great event on June 15th where the students presented their team projects to a great audience of Colorado business leaders.  Belfast and Dublin were both represented in the room as the Colorado Irish Network also attended! The students did a great job, and...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Post Script

Relaxing as a tourist in London today before we head back to the States on Monday.  I put this picture in because it's Memorial Day weekend, and feeling like I am supposed to be back home rather than abroad… hard to explain… If you are reading...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 13

Last day in Ireland.  The students worked on team projects, and got some sight-seeing in as well.  It was a good day in that we only had two things scheduled:  A course wrap-up, and a farewell dinner with Mr. Con Clarke. During the course wrap-up, the...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 12

Wow - hard to believe our trip is almost over.  We made our way down to Dublin from Belfast today, and one of the class teams met with Webroot, and the other met with WhatClinic.ie. Tommy is in the back with curly hair and glasses We then...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 11

Extremely jam-packed day in Belfast, and it's late here, so I will be a bit brief, but not because the content was anything shy of extraordinary! Dr. Norman Apsley is the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park, and he took time out of his...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 10

We spent the day in Derry with guest speakers in the morning and an extraordinary tour in the afternoon. First up was Padraig Canavan, CEO, Singularity.  He started his company 17 years, ago, and now has 250 employees with business in a number of countries.  It...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 9

We made our way to Derry, and were met with a splendid reception at the University of Ulster, and sponsored by the Derry City Council.  We met with and heard presentations from the following individuals from Derry: Matt Peachey, Investment & Enterprise Officer, Derry City Council...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 8

Relaxing day in Donegal today playing tourist. Before the student departed for a weekend off on Friday, I asked each team to come up with reasons why you'd do business in Ireland.  Here's the collective list: Nice people!  It's all about relationships here in Ireland. English spoken...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 7

My wife said it best when I asked about the weather forecast in Ireland today.  She said, "That's easy, ‘tis raining, or will rain!" The students have off this weekend, and they're stretched out from the Cliffs of Moher to Donegal as we'll meet up in...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 6

Great day in the West of Ireland in Sligo!  Feargus Callagy was a gracious and generous host, and our day started with a tour of Protek Medical led by Eamon O'Connell, Director of Design & Business Development.  We learned about the challenges of balancing investment...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 5

The students got a respite from a pretty taxing schedule so far.  We had the morning in Dublin to catch up on team projects, and then traveled via coach to Sligo.  It was nice to get out of the city and all the congestion to...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 4

The Queen's visit continued to affect our visit.  We were headed to meet with Webroot today, and found ourselves stuck in the middle of a bridge due to rolling barricades.  No worries - we rescheduled for next week! We met young Alex Hamilton this morning.  He's...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 3

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland - Day 3 The Queen's visit certainly had an impact on our group today.  Our taxis were diverted due to a bomb scare, and even walking to the Digital Hub by Guinness presented a challenge with "rolling" barricades and handbag checks. ...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 2

We navigated through Dublin via public transport today and were warmly greeted by the business school staff at DCU (Dublin City University).  The authors of  "Leadership in Ireland," Aoife McDermott and Patrick Flood, presented an excellent overview of their work. We discussed that business in Ireland...